Federal prosecutors are reportedly building a more detailed case against Noor Salman, the wife of Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen.
Salman, believed to have been more involved in the gay nightclub shooting which left 49 people dead, was arrested by the FBI on Jan. 16.
CBS San Francisco reported earlier today that prosecutors are alleging Salman participated in direct coordination of the June 2016 mass shooting. Despite Salman’s claims that she was “unaware of everything”, prosecutors are attributing her involvement to actions such as purposely withholding information from federal authorities, as well as assisting Mateen in targeting specific locations. Scouted areas included “the Downtown Disney area of Orlando and an upscale entertainment district known as City Place.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Sweeney added further dialogue to the allegations in court earlier in the week, saying:
“Noor aided and abetted her husband and repeatedly lied to the government…Salman knew her husband was leaving to commit an attack and her actions contributed to the deaths of 49 people.”
Further investigation revealed that Salman’s fabricated her original statement to authorities, saying she was under the impression Mateen had “gone out to dinner with a friend.” Salman then admitted to police that she “knew when he left he was going to commit the attack.”
Charged with aiding and abetting as well as obstruction of justice, Salman faces life imprisonment if convicted.
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